Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recipe: Sweet & Savory Quinoa & WEEDING

Yet another amazing salad with Quinoa! 
I am loving this perfect protein! It has a sweet nutty flavor, can be added to anything, eaten hot or cold! PURRRFECT. 

Sweet & Savory Quinoa Salad

 1 Cup cooked Quinoa
 1/2 Cup washed raw spinach
 1/2 a roasted sweet potato cubed
 1/4 cup raisins
 1/4 cup Greek olives
1 T. coconut oil
1/2 an Avocado
 sea salt (optional)

 Prepare the sweet potato by roasting, cubed in an oven for 20 min on 400. Prepare the Quinoa as directed on package or  by bringing 1 cup water to a boil and adding half a cup uncooked Quinoa, simmer until done, JUST like brown rice and until it fluffs up!

Mix all ingredients with warm Quinoa, sprinkle coconut oil & salt to taste. 
Squeeze with fresh lemon! 
Enjoy AMAZING flavor combination!

Weeding: there is a lesson here somewhere! 
Life threw me a bit of a curve ball this week and a few of my days ended up being REALLY jam packed with things to do, appointments etc. It put the pressure on a bit, I was really busy, working hard, planning and trying to eat right and get my OWN workouts in! 

In the middle of the day, I had to drop everything and do a little chore at my apartment building: weeding. 

REALLY? In THIS heat? Right NOW? 
I was bummed, I had plans, I had things to do...but this is part of my job. 
SO, I suited up, got my headphones on and started weeding (the caretaker is off and the responsibility landed on me.) 

Well, after an hour of hard sweaty work and uplifting music, the weeding was done and I was in HIGH spirits! Really, there were so many little lessons to be learned from my afternoon chore. 

Here I am with my lesson for the day: 
I had to pull this HUGE weed up, by the roots, otherwise it would come back. See how much dirt came up with it? I let it take root and grow too long, so getting it out was a challenge and left a nice little dent in the rock garden where it was. 


I didn't even notice the weeds! They started small and I walked past them everyday without noticing. Then, I noticed they were huge. I let them take root when they were small and the over took the yard! We have to notice our thoughts, our habits that start small but can take over! Focus on what is good, right and pure and when THAT multiplies it will be a beautiful garden, not weeds! 

The BIG ones really rooted themselves in the soil good, they wrapped around the soil and became part it, they took a ton of the good soil with them too when they came up. Those negative thoughts can become part of us if we let them---and in the end we sacrifice our GOOD soil to get rid of the bad...don't let any weeds take root or rob you of your good soil! 

It was over an hours worth of work to FIX the problem, where as I could have spent less time when the weeds were small and just stayed on top of and maintained them. This is simple. Do it. Do it right. Do it right now. Maintaining our healthy lifestyle, healthy mindset and healthy habits is WAY easier than weeding them out from the bad later. 

Sometimes an hours worth of weeding, being outside, enjoying the sun is exactly what you need. Sometimes having OUR plans interrupted is exactly what we need. Sometimes, good hard work with our hands help us get through all the weeds that can take over our head--we pluck out what we don't want and isn't supposed to be there and start NEW. 

Happy Thursday!! 
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